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CBI indicts ex-DPI for role in cash-for-job scam
Chandigarh, December 7
The Central Bureau of Investigation has indicted a former UT director of public instruction (schools), Samwartak Singh, for his involvement in the infamous “cash for jobs” scam that came to light in September last year. Holding him guilty of misusing his official position and causing injustice to deserving candidates, a verification report submitted by the agency a few months ago recommended a regular case be filed against him.

Blood report goes missing, newborn dies
Chandigarh, December 7
High drama prevailed at the GMCH, Sector 32, today when Mohammad Suleman, a resident of Sector 26, held the hospital authorities responsible for the death of his newborn. After Suleman’s wife delivered a baby on December 3, he was asked to get the blood investigation of the baby done.


Artistes from Norway perform “The Mountain Bird” at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

‘Politicians or dacoits — who are worse?’
Mohali, December 7
“An inquiry should be conducted into the assets of politicians and dacoits to know who are the bigger dacoits among them”, said BK Pancham Singh, 80, a former Chambal valley dacoit who has rejoined mainstream society. Addressing reporters at Sukh Shanti Bhawan in Phase VII here today, he asserted he was not interested in joining politics and wanted to lead a “peaceful life”. “‘Rajniti mein bahut jhanjhat hote hain, aram ki zindagi nahin hai’ (life in politics is not a bed of roses)”, he observed.

Legal troubles for Kings XI intensify
 Preity Zinta Chandigarh, December 7
More than four months after Preity Zinta got relief from the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Nirmaljit Kaur asserted the stay on further proceedings in the “Kings’ XI” audit matter would not come in way of dispute resolution. As the case came up for hearing yesterday, the respondents sought time to file a reply. Taking note of the plea, Justice Kaur fixed March 18 as the date of hearing.

Cop hit by car
Chandigarh, December 7
In an incident of road rage, a Mohali-based sub-inspector of the Punjab Police, Harjinder Singh, was seriously injured when a Ford Fiesta car (CH01AA-0029) hit his car from the rear at the Sector 28 traffic lights here.

Three LPG agencies challaned
Chandigarh, December 7
The weights and measures department of the UT Administration today challaned three LPG agencies after some cylinders were found underweight. The agencies that were challaned are Punia Gas Agency, Sabharwal Gas Agency and Premier Gas Agency.


VAT, excise collections up
Chandigarh, December 7
Collections from value added tax (VAT) and excise for 2010-11 are up in the city if the collections until November 30 are any indicator. So far, the excise department has registered 28 per cent increase in excise collections from liquor compared to the collections in this quarter last year.

People visit the garden at Sector 33 to have a look at preparations for the Chrysanthemum Show in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
All Set For The Show:
People visit the garden at Sector 33 to have a look at preparations for the Chrysanthemum Show in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

PGI says strike not justified
Chandigarh, December 7
Taking serious note of the strike call by its contract workers, the PGI authorities have claimed that the strike was unjustified. According to the official statement released by the PGI, the allegation of contract employees regarding the non-payment of salary for October and November was false.

HC moved over stir
Chandigarh, December 7
Taking note of the ailing health services at the PGI due to the stir by contractual employees, an advocate-cum-social activist today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The golden light of the sun making a beautiful painting effect in the evening in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
Nature at its best:
The golden light of the sun making a beautiful painting effect in the evening in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

MC may impose entry tax on commercial vehicles
Chandigarh, December 7
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) may impose an entry tax on commercial vehicles entering the city to partly finance the creation and maintenance of the road infrastructure.

HC’s date with blood donation today
Chandigarh, December 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar and Bench will donate more than their precious time for public good on Wednesday morning. The lawyers and judges will, in fact, donate blood in larger public interest during a camp organised by the High Court Blood Contributors Club.

Cold wave grips Punjab, Haryana
Chandigarh, December 7
The winter chill is finally setting in the region. As cold air currents crisscrossed the northern states of Haryana and Punjab today, Hissar recorded the lowest temperature in the plains with mercury dipping to 3.2°C.

Unidentified body found
Chandigarh, December 7
The body of an unidentified middle-aged man was found lying in the circus ground at Mani Majra here today. The body was sent to Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, for post-mortem examination. The police said there was no injury mark on the body.


From Schools
Chandigarh: Jawahar Navodaya Vidayalaya, Sector 25, has organised its alumni meet with great festivity on the campus. The function started with a welcome speech by the school vice principal. Alumni, present on the occasion, shared their experiences with the students goading them to choose their option for a career young in life. Former Deputy Commissioner NVS, Regional Office, ML Sharma, presided over the function. Principal PK Sharma gave the concluding remarks. A cultural function was also organised in honour of the alumni present on the occasion.

INSO protests against hike in food prices
The police takes control of the situation on the PU campus in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Chandigarh, December 7
High drama prevailed at Panjab University today when the Indian National Student's Organisation (INSO) at Student Centre protested against the recent hike in food prices on the Panjab University Campus.

The police takes control of the situation on the PU campus in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

UGC-NET roll numbers dispatched
Chandigarh, December 7
Roll numbers of all eligible candidates for the forthcoming UGC-NET examination for the Junior Research Fellowship and eligibility for lectureship scheduled to be held on December 26, have been dispatched, a press note here said today.

PU second in international moot contest
Chandigarh, December 7
University Institute Of Legal Studies (U.I.L.S.), Panjab University, team comprising Navratan Singh (fifth year), Ravipal Singh Bains (fourth Year) and Navreet Kaur (second Year), became first runners up in the International Environment Moot Court Competition, held at Mumbai, by SNDT Women’s University Law School in association with Surana and Surana International Attorneys.

Fellowship for PU VC
Chandigarh, December 7
Professor RC Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, has been honoured with the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) fellowship with effect from January 1, 2011.


Rape: Husband held, 2 others booked
Dera Bassi, December 7
The police has booked three persons for raping a married woman. According to information, a resident of Amlala village, was allegedly raped by two friends of her husband. The woman was married to Randheer Singh of Mohali in 2006.

800 take part in school sports meet
Patiala, December 7
Narain Public School celebrated its annual sports meet in the school stadium, here today. Municipal Commissioner Manjit Singh Narang was the chief guest.

Auditorium for Kalka College by month end
Kalka, December 7
The Aruna Asif Ali Government Postgraduate College, Kalka, will soon get an auditorium. Informing this, SK Manocha , principal of the college, said that the construction work of the auditorium was in full swing and was on the verge of completion.


Molestation Case
Students record statement with police
Panchkula, December 7
Four molestation victims today recorded their statements, strengthening the prosecution case, against the music teacher Shyam Bahadur Thapa, who had surrendered in the district court last evening. According to sources, the children in their statement confirmed that Thapa used to call them one by one in his room and touched their private body parts. They told the police that they had informed their parents about this who had further complained to the principal of Army School, Chandimandir.

Theft at bank: Cops zeroing in on suspect
Chandigarh, December 7
In an effort to crack yesterday’s case of theft of a bag containing Rs 5.45 lakh from the HDFC Bank at Sector 17 here, the Chandigarh Police is zeroing in on a person who made a transaction just before the incident.

Student assaulted in school
Mohali, December 7
Ashwani Kumar, a class XI student of Government Senior Secondary School, Phase III-B1, was injured when a group of about 10 boys, who were armed with lathis, barged into the school canteen and injured him.

Two bookies arrested
Zirakpur, December 7
Acting on a tip off, the police today arrested two bookies involved in betting on the cricket match between India and New Zealand from Sant Kirpal Singh Nagar in Pabhat village here this evening.

Man killed while boarding bus
Panchkula: Jatinder Pal, a resident of Raipur Rani, was run over by a bus at Trilokpur Chowk this morning. He died on the spot as his head was crushed under the rear tyres of the bus.

Youth dies in mishap
Chandigarh, December 7
A 25-year-old youth lost his life after his motorcycle skidded on the road leading to Mauli Jagran here last night. The deceased was identified as Vijay Bhatt of Baltana village, NAC Zirakpur.


Shemrock academy drub Mount Carmel B
Chandigarh, December 7
Quick fire 22 off 22 ball by Aman helped Shemrock Cricket Academy beat Mount Carmel B team by 7 wickets in the First BTS Rising Star Cricket Tournament U-11, held at BTS cricket Academy here today.

Hockey Championship
Army Red defeat Indian Navy
Chandigarh, December 7
Army Red defeated Indian Navy by 5-1 on the second day of the 58th Inter Services Hockey Championship being held at 3BRD Air Force Station here today.

Kuldip gets gold for leadership
Chandigarh, December 7
Kuldip was awarded gold medal for leadership and Fatima for being the best all rounder in the school in the first annual function-cum-sports day of the British School, Sector 44, here today.


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